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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Feb 17, 2011 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if......

Their interest,skills,etcetera,were so far gone by 91' that song selection was the least of their problems,regardless of what they played they were a weak approximation of the musicians they were at their peak in 68'-74'.

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Poster: high flow Date: Feb 17, 2011 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if......

I agree.

Then I always wonder how Jerry was still rippin' with JGB through 1993. The JGB shows were SO much better than the GD shows after 1991. I think "the formula" was partly to blame.

I saw shows from 89-91 which were very good. After that it seems GD was hurry up and wait....and wait.....and even when the music was being played, it seemed like waiting for the band to wake up. With each segment shortened, the shows were so chopped-up that they never got rolling. If they wanted to play just 70 minutes of music, they should have scrapped the formula and stopped pretending to be an all-night party-band.

At JGB shows, you didn't have to wait. Ever. The music was strong and the performances were fulfilling from a audience member's perspective.

Before the wood-chipper, Jean was askin' Jerr' about that disparity there....oh, you betcha.

Jean Lundegaard: I am talking about your potential. You're not a 'C' musician. You've got JGB and David Grisman.

Jerry Garcia: Uh huh...

Jean Lundegaard: Yet you're gettin' 'C' grades with Grateful Dead. It's the disparity here that concerns your dad and me.

Jerry Garcia: [mumbling] Mmmm.

Jean Lundegaard: Ya know what a disparity is?

Jerry Garcia: [attentive now] Yeah!

Jean Lundegaard: Okay, then! That's why we don't want ya goin' out on tour!

This post was modified by high flow on 2011-02-17 21:33:02

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Feb 17, 2011 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What if......

JGB was fun and no pressure. The Dead in the later years was work and pressure every night. Jerry band shows were almost like mini vacations for him and I think that shows in his playing. When you watch video footage of the JGB shows he is smiling more and just seems into it, also less vocal flubs. Plus the songs that were played he wanted to play. I feel with his band he wanted to be there with the Dead he had to.